Jon Rahm Tests Positive for COVID and Withdraws From Memorial With No Symptoms and a 6-Shot Lead
Last week, golfer Jon Rahm had intimate contact with someone who tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Rahm was advised this week that if he opted to play in the PGA Memorial Tournament, he would be tested daily, which he did.
Rahm was heading off the course after finishing his third round in Dublin, Ohio, when he was told he had tested positive for the virus and would have to withdraw.
Rahm is asymptomatic and has tested negative for the past week. Oh, and he’s six shots ahead of the field after 54 holes heading into Sunday’s final round, which he won’t be able to see.
He must also remain in seclusion until June 15, which is only two days before the start of the next major competition, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Rahm is six shots clear of Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay, who are both at 12-under par after 54 holes. At 9-under par, the next two players, Brandon Grace and Scottie Scheffler, are nine strokes behind Rahm. Rahm was matched with Scheffler and Cantlay for his third round.
Rahm was on the verge of becoming the only repeat champion at The Memorial, joining Tiger Woods.
Moments later, after being informed of his test results and subsequent withdrawal, he collapsed behind the green and exclaimed angrily, “Not again!”
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Rahm was informed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, therefore eliminating him from the competition.
A dominant effort, which included a hole-in-one to finish his second round on Saturday morning and an 8-under 64 to tie two tournament records, was squandered.
The positive test was confirmed, and the findings were delivered as he was playing the 18th hole, with no knowledge of anything other than the fact that no one was close to him on the leaderboard.
Rahm remained asymptomatic, according to the trip.
He was removed from the Memorial as per tour protocol. At 12-under 204, Patrick Cantlay and Collin Morikawa are tied for the lead.
Cantlay remarked, “It’s kind of the worst circumstances for anything like that to happen, and he played amazing today, and it’s just, it’s really a tragedy.”
Given the date, it was a surprising turn of events. Rahm had a near-perfect back nine, making six birdies in a row. This is a condensed version of the information.